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The INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative, launched in 2010, undertakes cutting-edge research and teaching tailored to the needs of boards. It is a new programme designed to foster a global dialogue on the challenges facing board members in an international context. Find out more


“Our responsibility at INSEAD is to review board governance practices across the world that promote performance with accountability. Over time we hope to build greater trust in the public that business is a strong force for improving our societies.”

Ludo Van der Heyden
Professor of Technology and Operations Management
Chaired Professor in Corporate Governance
Director of the INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative



The Real Impact of Digital - as seen from the "Virtual" Coalface - new Survey

INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative and thisfluidworld

by Prof. Ludo Van der Heyden and Liri Andersson

This study is challenging some of the common assumptions and beliefs about the positioning of “digital”. the study approaches the issue of digital from a fresh direction: the real perceptions and experiences of managers on the ground and “in the coalface” of business. the results, as well as 21 insights and recommendations for the 21st century, are highlighted in the report ‘The Real Impact of Digital – As Seen from The “Virtual Coalface”’

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Going digital with a clear destination

The Business Times, Hong Kong, 21 June 2016

By Liri Andersson & Professor Ludo Van der Heyden

Companies are told to digitalise or risk getting left behind, but the precept may be unclear for those eager to act.


Driving Digital, The Smart Manager, India, July 2016

(Available upon request, please contact our team at to get access)

In an exclusive interview with The Smart Manager, Professor Ludo Van der Heyden and co-researcher, Liri Andersson, founder of this fluid world, highlight some of the key insights, and show how digital transition should be the
responsibility of everyone, and not just one segregated department.


First women emirati receives the INSEAD Certificate in Corporate Governance

Hala Badri, Executive Vice President of Brand and Communications at du, paves the way as the first Emirati woman to complete the programme, thus forging a path for women in the UAE to play a significant role in the country’s economy.

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INSEAD Certificate in Corporate Governance: 30 new INSEAD IDP-Cs graduating in Asia!

On 11 March 2016, 30 participants from the International Directors Programme have successfully completed the requirements for the Certificate in Corporate Governance, a credential INSEAD is establishing in the field. A Certification Ceremony and INSEAD Directors Forum were organized on this occasion, on Private Equity and CEO development.

The event was held in partnership with the Singapore Institute of Directors, the Singapore INSEAD Alumni Association and the IDP Network.

New IDP-Cs joined the IDP Corporate Governance Alumni Network composed of 282 International Directors IDP-Cs (49 nationalities).  The idea for the network was prompted by IDP-C alumni who wished to come together to promote good governance across the globe.  The Network holds events and launched a new initiative: IDPN Advocate & Connect Board Search to connect IDP-Cs with boards looking for directors.

Chair of the board of Directors: Findings from a Global Survey

an INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative and Ward Howell Talent Equity Institute Survey by Prof. Stanislav Shekshnia and Project Manager Veronika Zaviega

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Read an article "The face behind the Chair", INSEAD Knowledge

South Africa at the leading edge of Governance for Social Transformation

Prof. Marc Le Menestrel, co-director of the Africa Directors Programme, reflects on governance in the present context of South Africa, particularly on the positive impact of the King Reports for the development of responsible directors.  

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Learn about the Africa Directors Programme in partnership with the University of Stellenbosch